• by Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Jeanne C. Stein, Carrie Vaughn, Holly Black, Karen Russell, Tanya Huff, Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Jonathan Davis, Khristine Hvam, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, Edoardo Ballerini
  • 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into 21st century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums - there's even apps for vamps. Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery - no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slake your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge.
Full list of authors: Holly Black, Michael Marshall Smith, Charles de Lint, J.A. Konrath, Kelley Armstrong, Tanith Lee, Rachel Caine, Jeanne C. Stein, Stephen Dedman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Conrad Williams, Susan Sizemore, Tina Rath, Mary Turzillo, Carrie Vaughn, Barbara Roden, Charlaine Harris, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Albert Cowdrey, Nisi Shawl, Kim Newman, Grove Karen Russell, Nancy Kilpatrick, and John Langan.
The full list of narrators includes: Bahni Turpin, Jonathan Davis, Kevin Pariseau, Susan Duerden, Khristine Hvam, Victor Villar-Hauser, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, and Edoardo Ballerini.


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Customer Reviews

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Badly formatted, mostly unoriginal, a few good'uns

I can't say I've really enjoyed listening to this. One of the narrators (the posh English lady) is really terrible. And there is absolutely no time between the stories, no pause or music or intro to the next author, no time to digest the story. There are a couple of good stories, but most of them follow a formula which gets very boring very quickly:

1. Starts in media res, with a human being chased around/in pain/in the middle of encountering something weird
2. Spends some time explaining how REAL VAMPIRES are different from STUPID POP CULTURE VAMPIRES in this particular universe. Do they actually love Italian food with lots of garlic? Is the sun a big deal? Do they use fangs or some kind of bony protuberance under their tongue? Do I care?
3. A human is changed into a vampire, and angsts about whether to change their family members to save them from life-threatening conditions, or gradually watch everyone die around them. OR, a vampire angsts about this having happened. OR, everyone angsts about vampires being cold and numb both physically and emotionally and therefore UNABLE TO LOVE SOB SOB SOB.
4. We have a scene focusing on the vampire discussing the ramifications of being so long-lived, and having flashbacks to another time, or a human who is now very old having flashbacks to encountering an ageless vampire when they were a child.
5. Incredibly sudden ending, leaving me to poke at my iPod and see if I had reached a place where the audiobook was broken into smaller files - but no, it actually just ended there.

Ahem. To be fair, I think a lot of that is unavoidable from anything but a really excellent author, just because vampires don't really lend themselves to short stories. (Unless you're going for absolute classic vampires which need no explanation.) There are a couple of good ones in there, though.
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- ZenGwen

Great value collection!

Really good collection of short stories ranging from 15-20 mins up to over an hour and set in various times and locations. Probably something for everyone who enjoys vampires or fiction.
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- Craismi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios